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Travel agents: Qatar Airways unscathed by boycott

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A campaign against national carrier Qatar Airways has not affected the airline’s bottom line, say travel agents across Doha, many of whom expressed surprise that a boycott even existed.

Campaign organizers told the Peninsula that the boycott had not actually begun, and that an awareness drive was underway until Jan. 22, giving QA and Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority time to respond to grievances.

They include: the targeting of nationals by charging higher ticket prices in a monopolized market; indiscretion in serving alcohol in‐flight; and underemployment of Qatari pilots and employees regardless of their qualifications.

A full list of demands, including a call for prayer space, discounted prices and incentives for nationals to work for the airline, has garnered some 500 signatures in Twitition form. And a Twitter account calling for a boycott has attracted more than a 1,600 followers.

The Peninsula reports:

Qatari community sources say one reason why the boycott drive might not have had adverse impact on QA sales locally is because of the fact that it has tie-ups with major public and private sector companies…

The frequency of flights for a destination is very important for customers. For some destinations QA has two or more flights daily, while other airlines fly only once a day and some airlines have only two flights weekly.

What do you guys think?

If the #QatarAirwaysFail boycott campaign were to get more organized, could it actually do some damage?

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